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The rather bland redesigned Corolla is a good small sedan. The 1.8-liter engine is quieter than in the previous generation. A 2.4- liter engine is found in the XRS trim. Electronic stability control is easier to find in this generation, and curtain air bags are standard. The new Corolla is relatively quiet and has a comfortable ride. Handling is sound and secure. The flat floor in the rear provides more room. The interior is put together well, although hard plastic panels and trim are abundant. We got a very impressive 32 mpg overall in our test of the 1.8-liter, bested only by the Yaris among non-hybrid or diesel-powered sedans.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 Toyota Corolla recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2016.

Road Test

At 32 mpg overall, this generation Corolla's fuel economy was among the best we'd measured in any conventional car with an automatic transmission, other than a hybrid or a diesel. The manual transmission model gets the same fuel economy as the automa...

Highs

  • Fuel economy, ride, quiet interior, turning circle, controls, crash-test results.

Lows

  • Steering feel, fit and finish.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (158 hp)